Medik Baboumian Khachikian, “Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Honorary Award Member 2022 Recipient”

Medik Baboumian Khachikian, “Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Honorary Award Member 2022 Recipient”

K. Medik Baboumian Khachikian, “Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Honorary Award Member 2022 Recipient” was born in Tehran, Iran. She attended the Armenian “Kooshesh Davitian” Elementary and “Mariamian” High schools.

At the age of 12, K. Medik joined the Ararat Cultural Organization (HMAK), first as a scout and shortly after as an athlete in the basketball division. She remained an active member at Tehran’s Ararat until the age of 18 when she moved to England to pursue higher education. K. Medik expresses: “These were the best years of my life, where I was able to build relationships that lasted throughout my life. I participated in numerous local and national games which brought many championships to Ararat”Upon her return from England to Tehran, she continued her membership at Ararat for many years. In 1974 Medik and Seroj Khachikian were married and moved to Vienna Austria, where they lived for 2 years and she worked at” International Atomic Energy Agency”.

Her love of Armenian community and culture was so strong that even in Vienna she took part at the “Armenian Center” and helped organize choir concerts, theater, and many other events. After her return to Iran in 1976 K. Medik continued her membership at Ararat, this time with the Cultural Division where she served on the board for many years until her move to USA. One of her most notable projects at Ararat’s cultural division was the publication of Children’s story books with the help of the great illustrator Edik Balaian.

Every year their enthusiastic committee dedicated the month of October as “Kids Cultural Month”. In 1989 the Khachikian family moved to California and situated in the city of Glendale. K. Medik attended Glendale City College and worked at Bank of America for over 20 years. K. Medik has 2 children Aleoush and Areg and she is blessed with 5 grandchildren who bring an infinite smile to her face.K. Medik recalls “I was so glad to see so many familiar faces when I entered Homenetmen Gendale Ararat’s building on Broadway for the first time in 1989 “.

Her contributions to Homenetmen Glendale Ararat are countless, K. Medik along with K. Monik DerGrigorian and K. Manik Badmagerian established the Cultural Divison at Homenetmen Glendale Ararat in 1991. Since then, she has put her soul and energy in the betterment of the division, knowing that preserving the Armenian Culture is a necessity for our youth in diaspora. The cultural committee gradually established youth and adult dance, theater, choir, drawing and painting, clay sculpture, Armenian language classes and organized numerous annual concerts, poetry recital competitions among Armenian Schools, art exhibits, and many other valuable activities.

For almost 31 years K. Medik has served on the cultural division’s board at Homenetmen Glendale Ararat, except from 2008–2010, 2013-2016, when she served on the Chapter Executive Board as treasurer and then as secretary.Her combined membership of over 53 years at Ararat makes her the perfect candidate to receive the “Badvoh Antam” Award in 2022. We congratulate her and look forward to K. Medik’s continued involvement at Homenetmen Glendale Ararat.